Friday, September 30th
Originally known as a member of the groups Squirrel Nut Zippers and Bowl of Fire, violinist Andrew Bird released his first solo album Music of Hair in 1996. If you happen to miss him at ACL this week, his late night Stubbs performance is not currently sold out, so if you want to see him live this week, you better move quickly. If you aren’t sure, check out his song “Capsized” below to get a feel for his sound.
Tickets: $36.00 (advance) $38.00 (day of show) $136.00 (venue VIP ticket)
The Be Helds are an indie band from Montana that have plenty of things going for them after listening to their self-titled track. If you are looking to add some bounce to your weekend (and you are not attending ACL), check out The Behelds at Swan Dive.
Known for writing the hit Sam Smith song “Stay with Me,” British electronic musician Tourist is coming to Austin this week to perform at The Parish for an ACL Late Night Show. With a small capacity and beats that will bring down the house, Tourist is not an act to miss this week if you are into electronic music.
If you want to skip the crowds at ACL, then head down to Antones to see local blues guitarist Alan Haynes shred his guitar like no other. Famous for collaborating with musicians such as Stevie Ray Vaughn, The Fabulous Thunderbirds, and Bonnie Raitt, Haynes is a guitarist that everyone should see.
Saturday, October 1’st
Local musician Jon Lundbom and Big Chord Five will be playing a show at the Museum of Human Achievement this week, and if you haven’t seen this band live, then you should. Playing music that takes your worries away, Lundbom provides a good escape for fans looking to sit back and enjoy the music. Check out a past performance of “Baluba, Baluba 2” to get a feel for the group’s live performance.
After Missouri musician Nathaniel Ratliff moved to Colorado for missionary work, he began playing music with his band Nathaniel Ratliff and the Wheel who released their first album Desire and Dissolving Men in 2007. Since then, Rateliffe has been garnering attention for his soulful and rowdy stage presence with his newly named band The Night Sweats. Check out the music video for “S.O.B” to get an idea for the bands live performance.
Tickets: $32.50 (advanced) $35.00 (day of show)
Coming to Austin to promote their seventh album Junk, French electronic band M83 will be performing in Austin this weekend at ACL Live. Sure to be an unforgettable performance, we highly encourage you to get a pair of tickets before the show sells out. You don’t want to miss this one, as you may be sorry you did.
Promoting his upcoming EP Parrellism, due out in November musician Jeremy Malvin, known by his stage name Chrome Sparks, writes quirky electronic tunes that are engaging to listen too due their mix of different sounds and time signatures. Check out the song “All or Nothing” to see if you like it.
Sunday, October 2nd
While Austin has a few gospel brunches around the city, one that Austin.com has not mentioned before is the one that takes place at Strange Brew in south Austin. This weekend, the brunch will be featuring local gospel group The Purgatory Players, one of the best gospel groups you will find in Austin. To get an idea for their live sound, check out a past performance of the song “Two Hands” below.
Long time Austin guitarist George Ensle will be performing this weekend at Strange Brew for an early day show. A popular place to see bands perform, we highly suggest that you get to Strange Brew early to find parking and a good seat as you won’t want to miss this fantastic storyteller perform.
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